Big Brother Australia loses its executive producer

4 comments - Posted on June 19 2015 at 01:08am

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Big Brother Australia will have to find new management if it returns in the future, as showrunner Alex Mavroidakis has departed production company Endemol Shine.

Mavroidakis has worked on the show since its early days on Network Ten, and was an executive producer on all three series of its relaunch on the Nine Network, also voicing Surly the fish.

But with the future of BBAU looking uncertain, the Brit – whose other credits include The Apprentice and The X Factor – has now taken up a similar role at ITV Studios Australia, where it is likely he’ll work on rival format I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!.

“A leading creative in the Australian television industry, Alex comes with a wealth of experience,” said ITVS Australia managing director Anita Jacoby. “He was a key architect in the development of Big Brother as a family program. He’s also created plenty of shows from the ground up.”

The news comes after reports that Nine has abandoned plans to fill a hole in its schedules by reviving the Celebrity version of Big Brother down under.

Chiefs are now thought to be working on a new series of The Celebrity Apprentice, despite BBAU host Sonia Kruger recently confirming that famous folk had been approached for CBB.

Nine is continuing maintain its public silence on its plans for Big Brother, with the show’s future hanging in the balance after last year’s series – won by Ryan Ginns – suffered a dip in ratings.

However, well-placed online rumours suggest that the broadcaster has simply decided to rest the show for 2015, and will look at bringing it back again next year.

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4 comments on this article

  1. Sam2 says:
    Fri 19 Jun Reply !

    So that’s both ‘Surly the Fish’ and ‘The Tree of Temptation’ now working on ‘I’m a Celeb’. They just need to get ‘Marsha the Moose’ next for a full house. Which would almost sound like the start of a bad joke. A fish, a tree and a moose walk into a TV studio…

  2. Josh says:
    Fri 19 Jun Reply !

    Never liked Alex. He gave the most pathetic excuses as to why BB aired four times a week and why there was no live feed when pressed to justify the decisions made.

    • Jack says:
      Fri 24 Jul !

      I agree with the bad excuses about the live feed because apparently he doesn’t see the point in watching the house 24/7 via a laptop

  3. Brekkie says:
    Fri 19 Jun Reply !

    He blamed the network because both moves were their decision. As an executive producer he was actually quite open with the Australian fan community about the show he was producing – didn’t fear communicating with them whether it was good or bad, and unlike others didn’t think everything that ended up on screen was the best thing to air on television ever.

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